Together with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), the Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) Program and LPA NVDs make up the Australian red meat integrity system. In keeping with evolving consumer and community expectations, the program was expanded from 1 October 2017, comprising seven specific elements: property risk assessment; safe and responsible animal treatments; safe livestock feed; preparation of livestock for dispatch; livestock transactions and movements; biosecurity; and animal welfare.
Regarding the biosecurity element producers need to consider using a Livestock Health Declaration when selling or buying livestock. Livestock Health Declarations are a way for producers to provide information about the health status of the livestock they are selling. While buyers should ask vendors for a Declaration and use the information provided to determine the health risks associated with the animals offered for sale.
Importantly, the Livestock Health Declaration is a legal document. For more information click here.